Recent accounts of differing contemporary approaches to mind and language portray them as engaged in a kind of ‘Homeric struggle’ between two warring camps, neo-Cartesian and neo-Pragmatist.1 One central battlefront concerns the potential autonomy of semantics from pragmatics. To say that semantics is potentially autonomous from pragmatics is to allow that there can be a semantic theory that makes no potential contribution to pragmatic theory. Neo-Cartesians affirm, whilst neo-Pragmatists deny, the potential autonomy of semantics from pragmatics. A ‘Homeric struggle calls for heroes’; heroes in the neo-Pragmatist camp are said to include Dummett, Brandom, Rorty, McDowell, Davidson and (possibly) Sellars, whilst heroes in the neo-Cartesian camp are said to include Dretske, Fodor and Lepore. Here we have a basic divide in contemporary philosophy of language,...

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